The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation has announced that nominations are now open for the seventeenth session of Al Owais Cultural Awards 2020- 2021, starting from January 5, 2020 until December, 31, 2020.
It is worth mentioning that the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Award, which was established by late poet Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais in 1987, is an independent and impartial award that is not subject to any influences or pressures. Innovation is the sole award criterion, regardless of the political backgrounds or ideological beliefs of the candidates and is granted without regard to race, religion or gender.
The award, which offers a monetary prize worth USD $600 thousands in total, with USD $120,000.00 to the winner of each of its categories, aims at honoring and encouraging Arab authors, writers, thinkers and scientists, as well as recognizing their contributions to cultural, intellectual and scientific development in the Arab world.
The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Awards comprises five categories, namely: “Poetry”, “Short Story, Novel and Drama”, “Literary Studies and Criticism” and “Humanities and Future Studies”; all of which are subject to arbitration by the award’s jury panel, in addition to the “Scientific and Cultural Achievement Award”, which is an independent award that is not subject to the judging criteria of the main award categories and is granted to a cultural, scientific or public personality or institution that has made a recognizable contribution to the Arab cultural scene. The winner is granted the award based on the final decision of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees.
The Foundation is currently sending out nomination forms to most Arab universities, literary and cultural institutions, associations, societies, and unions so as to ensure that the nomination forms are readily available to candidates all over the Arab world. Moreover, the forms may be directly obtained from Al Owais Cultural Foundation, and are also available through the Foundation’s website: www.alowais.com
Nominations for the Al Owais Cultural Awards either can be made through Arab universities, literary and cultural institutions, associations, societies or unions. Alternatively, as per the rules and regulations of the Award nominees may submit their nomination forms directly to the General Secretariat. Moreover, five Arab literati may also nominate whomever they should see worthy to receive this prestigious Award, provided that the candidate agrees to the nomination when addressed by the Award’s General Secretariat.
Winners of the 16th session of Al Owais Cultural Awards included Iraqi poet Ali Jaafar Al Allaq (Poetry), Lebanese novelist Alawiya Sobh (Short Story, Novel and Drama), Sudanese thinker Haidar Ibrahim Ali (Humanities and Future Studies), Tunisian critic Mohammed Lutfi Al Yusufi (Literary Studies and Criticism) and Shaikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa from the Kingdom of Bahrain (winner of the Cultural and Scientific Achievement Award).
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